Originally Posted by faber
All mountains will have a mix, but some are more skewed towards certain types of skiers.
So, what are the places that keep experts happy with variety, terrain, steeps, BC access, hike-to....whatever you'd look for in big mountain skiing short of full-on BC or heli/cat?
(in no particular order)
laughable because you included flatla. over snowbird.
1. Silverton, Co
2. Whistler Blackcomb, BC
3. Jackson Hole, Wy
4. Snowbird, Ut(there is much easier low end skiing at the 2 that i am rating higher than this BTW, snowbird is brutally steep all over the place)
5. Crested Butte
honable mentions and reason I dont believe they should be top 5.
1. Alta- alta is a great ski area its way more complete than the bird. The reason why its more complete is do to its outstanding beginner terrain and less pitch on the entire mountain. Not to mention that their longest steep bits(say High Boy) you have to traverse to get to then after all of that its only about the half the size of one run on the birds tram. Southern exposures and the local snobbery also dont help it out either.
2. Squawallywood - its got the scariest lines for a couple hundred feet but then flat run outs and otherwise boring terrain it doesnt deserve to be there.
3. A-basin - one liftwith one bowl of goodies is not enough to make to the top 5. another great little mountain.